Lifestyle

Six students graduate in first USQ IHEPP ceremony

USQ's Head of College for Indigenous Studies Professor Tracey Bunda (right) congratulates Annette Seymour on graduating from the Indigenous Higher Education Pathways Program.
USQ's Head of College for Indigenous Studies Professor Tracey Bunda (right) congratulates Annette Seymour on graduating from the Indigenous Higher Education Pathways Program. Jocelyn Watts

GRADUATING from the Indigenous Higher Education Pathways Program at University of Southern Queensland Fraser Coast last Wednesday was a proud moment for Annette Seymour of Maryborough.

"I'm very excited about graduating and am looking forward to the future," she said after receiving her certificate from USQ's Head of College for Indigenous Studies Tracey Bunda.

Ms Seymour, 52, said doing the six-month IHEPP program had opened up endless possibilities for her future, starting with her university studies in archaeology which will get under way later this month.

"It will be so much different to the day-to-day work I was doing previously," she said.

Professor Bunda said Wednesday evening's IHEPP graduation ceremony was the first of its kind at USQ Fraser Coast.

"Today is a day of celebration for the graduation of Fraser Coast IHEPP students," she said.

"It's a momentous occasion as it's the first time such a ceremony has been held at USQ Fraser Coast.

"It is important to be able to bring family and friends together with the graduates and members of the community.

"For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the value of education might not necessarily be understood while at high school.

"To return to learning is about having confidence and feeling secure about coming into the university to get started.

"That's a big ask for people who have been disengaged from education systems.

"The IHEPP program is an opportunity to build educational success."

IHEPP co-ordinator Michael Gardiner said the program's completion rate had increased significantly since it underwent a major restructure last year.

"In 2013, the completion rates for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students were between 10 and 15%.

"Since the restructure in 2014, the completion rates are in excess of 60%.

"For USQ Fraser Coast, that has meant that for the first time it has been worthwhile to have an event such as this because we now have sufficient numbers graduating.

"To have six from a single cohort in the second half of 2014 graduate is exciting.

"It can only get better as word gets out in the community and people see more of the mob graduating and going on to undergraduate studies."

USQ Vice Chancellor Jan Thomas said the IHEPP program was designed to give indigenous students tertiary preparation skills, with an indigenous focus.

"The program particularly suits those who have been out of formal education for some time as well as those who feel their skills are a bit rusty," she said.

"Successful completion of IHEPP may lead to enrolment in a USQ undergraduate program, increased employment opportunities and the opportunity to apply for entry into other universities."

Topics:  aboriginal, fraser coast campus, graduates, hervey bay, indigenous, program, students, university of southern queensland, usq



Hervey Bay to be home to some of hockey's Masters

HOME OF THE MASTERS: Hervey Bay Hockey Association, pictured celebrating their Association of the Year trophy, will host the Over-60s Men's carnival next year.

Hervey Bay will host the over-60s men's masters in 2017.

OPINION: I'm not a fan, but I see why many support Pauline

Profile - Eliza Wheeler. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle

The region feels disgruntled and neglected.

Wide Bay Motor Complex gains international backing

THE FUTURE: Wide Bay Motor Complex could ensure Maryborough becomes Queensland's newest motorsport hub.

Motor Complex signs deal with international sanctioning body.

Local Partners

What's on the small screen this week

Jessica Marais in a scene from the TV series The Wrong Girl.

A NEW romantic comedy debuts while footy codes ramp up for finals.

Airbourne talk drop bears, beer and taxes

Airbourne have a new album coming out and a new tour on the way.  Photo Contributed

Airbourne release album for the aussie battler

Pippa Middleton had 3000 private photos stolen

Author Pippa Middleton

Author's account hacked to access 3000 private photos

Gruen star discovers the body's limits in new hit TV show

Todd Sampson tries out MMA fighting during TV series BodyHack.

Gruen star pushes the limits in new TV series

Deftones return to Australia with string of dates

Deftones are back in town. Photo Contributed

World renowned nu-metal pioneers return

How the Gruen guy's t-shirts took on a life of their own

Documentary filmmaker and Gruen panellist Todd Sampson.

What started out as simple workwear has become a trademark

Property leader says Fraser Coast market is looking up

Positivity is the buzz word in the Fraser Coast housing market

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

First stages of $25 million housing development underway

New development on Madsen Rd - The Springs.

The blocks of land are much bigger than usual

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.

Rocky proves prime real estate in latest REIQ report

Kas Woch sold this Wood St home in Depot Hill for $107,000 in August.

A new investor's market as Rocky house prices hit lowest in state